We realise that visiting Milestones is a very valuable learning experience for children. Through the range of facilities and activities we have available at Milestones we hope to be able to support you in planning a very successful and rewarding visit for your children. We aim to be as flexible as possible to accommodate the range of needs that your children may have.
This information supplements that provided in the schools section of the website and aims to provide you with ideas of what we can offer you in terms of activities and facilities for your visit, plus advice on planning your visit and preparing your children for their visit.
If you are interested in any of these activities, would like to know more about what we can offer you on a visit to Milestones or would like to make a booking, please contact ourBookings officer, tel 01256 639562.
Milestones has plenty of parking spaces, including allocated accessible parking spaces near the main entrance and space available for coach parking and minibus parking.
When you arrive, make your way through the circular doors into reception.
Please go to the reception desk and let them know that you have arrived. Your school name will be recorded on our daily sheet.
Toilets and accessible toilets can be found on the entrance level. Baby changing facilities are also located on this level next to the toilets.
There are two lifts available for use if you require them, one either side of the main stairs. The museum arena is on floor – 2.
There are also tea and coffee making facilities for the adult helpers to use during your lunch break.
Have a go at building our viaduct! You’ll need to work together as a team to make it work!
Try dressing up as a Victorian. There are child and adult-sized costumes for you to try on. All we ask is that once you are finished trying them on, you hang them up again, ready for the next visitors to use them.
We have a play post office for children under five. Inside the post office you will find role play items, books and puzzles, dressing up costumes etc. Though not normally part of our school programmes, if you think using the post office would benefit your group we may be able to make arrangements for you to use it.
We do have members of staff who dress up in period costume who you may encounter during your visit for the children to talk to.
For the purposes of care of our collections, we have to ask visitors not to climb on most of the vehicles in Milestones. However, we do have a selection of vehicles which visitors are welcome to climb on board andsee what it would have been like to travel on such a vehicle in the past.
Milestones is a valuable learning and leisure resource for many people. We hope that every person who visits has a rewarding experience.
In preparation for bringing an education group to Milestones, please ensure that all adults accompanying your group (teachers, teaching assistants and other adult helpers) read the guidelines below.
Thank you for taking the time to read these guidelines. We very much hope you and your group enjoy your visit to Milestones. If there is anything we can do to help you during your visit, please don’t hesitate to ask.